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Listen to free audio books and poetry recordings! This library of audio books and poetry features digital recordings and MP3's from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, Maria Lectrix, and Internet Archive users.


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Jul 4, 2019 P. G. Wodehouse
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LibriVox recording of The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse. Read in English by Beth Thomas; Rita Boutros; Jacob Paul Starr; Paula Messina; Jim Locke; Vijeta Sharma; KevinS; ljarrow; Farnood; Aaron White When either Bertie Wooster or his friends found themselves in the soup or in dangerous proximity to the tureen, the instinct of one and all was to turn to Jeeves - Bertie's Man. He understood human nature, especially that of gilded youth. It did not matter if the hope of an ancient house had...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, comedy, humor, england, Jeeves, wooster
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Jul 4, 2019 Helen Randolph
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LibriVox recording of The Secret of Casa Grande by Helen Randolph. Read in English by Mary Escano While visiting their friend, Florence, at her home in Mexico, Jo Ann and Peggy noticed a barred window which has no opening into any of the rooms of an ancient adobe house. Curious to find out what it is, the girls tried to investigate but no one seems eager to help them. Undaunted, the girls made plans to get there only to encounter dangers and find a thrilling discovery. - Summary by Mary Escano...
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Jul 3, 2019 E. Phillips Oppenheim
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LibriVox recording of The Black Box by E. Phillips Oppenheim. Read in English by Richard Kilmer Sanford Quest, the master criminologist of the world, attempts to bring to justice the murderer of Lord Ashleigh's daughter. But he soon discovers that he has just entered a life-and-death struggle with a mysterious master criminal. (Summary by Richard Kilmer) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to...
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Topics: librivox, audiobooks, fiction, Mystery, Crime
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Jun 23, 2019 Carl Sandburg
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LibriVox recording of The Chicago Race Riots, July 1919 by Carl Sandburg. Read in English by KevinS Carl Sandburg's succinct reporting on and reflections upon the race riots that broke out In Chicago in July 1919. - Summary by KevinS For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit...
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Jun 17, 2019 Edgar Wallace
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LibriVox recording of The Book of All Power by Edgar Wallace. Read in English by Peter Thomlinson The Book of All Power by Edgar Wallace is set in London at the beginning, and then the action moves to Russia. The story covers the period from 1910 to 1919 during which the Russian Revolution takes place and this results in drastic changes to Russian society. This book could be described as a romantic adventure story and the main characters are a weird assortment - Malcolm Hay, a young Englishman,...
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Jun 10, 2019 Wilkie Collins
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LibriVox recording of The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins. Read in English by SteveMiller; Christopher Simonsen; acousticwave; jenno; Linda Andrus; Paul Thomas; Elsie Selwyn; Rita Boutros; ToddHW; racquelolea Amelius Goldenheart, the hero of this story, is expelled from a Utopian community in New England and finds himself in London. His story is dominated by a number of women, all of them in some way a "fallen leaf", whom he tries to rescue. One of them is the reason he was expelled...
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Topics: librivox, audiobooks, fiction, novel, society, england, Collins, Moral, utopia, 1879, 2019
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May 30, 2019 Hermann Hesse
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LibriVox recording of Demian, The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth by Hermann Hesse. (Translated by N. H. Priday.) Read in English by Michele Fry Somewhat autobiographical, this "coming of age" novel unfolds an introspective boy's formative years in pre-World War 1 Germany, from grade school through college. Hesse likens this confusing process to a giant bird struggling to break out of its egg (the protective shell of home, family, social norms), to be reborn as an individuated adult...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Gnosticism, bildungsroman, coming of age, individualism, abraxas, puberty
LibriVox recording of Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences Vol 2 by Arthur L. Hayward. Read in English by KirksVoice; Lynne T; DuckTD; Ariphron; Linda Johnson; TwoFace; Andrea Kotzer; Colleen McMahon; Tim Buterbaugh; Nichalia Schwartz; Paromita; jenno; April6090; Kristine Bekere This is the second volume in this collection of reports and newspaper stories regarding...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Crime, murder, punishment, prison, forgery, execution, housebreaking
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May 19, 2019 Rudolph Valentino
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LibriVox recording of Day Dreams by Rudolph Valentino. Read in English by Chuck Williamson; Larry Wilson; Josh Kibbey; Stefan Von Blon; Tomas Peter; Matthew Ryan Ross; Nichalia Schwartz; Kathleen Moore; Sarah Brown; Elsie Selwyn; Helen Z. Ferrara; Campbell Schelp Published in 1923, Day Dreams is a collection of poems written by Hollywood screen icon Rudolph Valentino. Authored during Valentino’s court-imposed exile from the film industry, where a protracted legal battle with Famous...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, cinema, movies, Hollywood, stardom, movie stars
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May 16, 2019 Henry Mayhew
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LibriVox recording of London Labour and the London Poor Volume II by Henry Mayhew. Read in English by Gillian Hendrie Subtitled, "A Cyclopaedia of the condition and earnings of those that will work, those that cannot work, and those that will not work." "The history of a people from the lips of the people themselves .. their labour, earnings, trials and sufferings, in their own unvarnished language, and to pourtray the condition of their homes and their families by personal...
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May 15, 2019 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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LibriVox recording of Just As I Am by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Read in English by annie70; Lynda Marie Neilson The murder has finally been solved. After 20 years, Humphrey Vargas came with his dog, seemingly from no where, and informed the magistrate of the county that he murdered the popular Mr. Blake. He even told the magistrate the whole story. This book picks up where other books end and shows how this revelation brings about a chain of unexpected events. Knowing who murdered such a popular...
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Apr 24, 2019 Evelyn E. Smith
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LibriVox recording of Sentry of the Sky by Evelyn E. Smith. Read in English by Mark Nelson There had to be a way for Sub-Archivist Clarey to get up in the world—but this way was right out of the tri-di dramas. - Summary by original text For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, librivox, audiobook, classic sci-fi, evelyn e. smith
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Apr 22, 2019 Edward Bellamy
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LibriVox recording of Dr. Heidenhoff's Process by Edward Bellamy. Read in English by volunteer readers. Henry Burr's fiance, Madeline, is seduced by another man. The guilt and painful memories she has as a result cause him to refer her to Dr. Heidenhoff, who has developed a method to remove such memories from people's brains so that they can live happy lives. (Summary by TriciaG) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, fiction, science, philosophical, suicide, psychological, guilt
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Apr 10, 2019 Milo Hastings
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LibriVox recording of City of Endless Night by Milo Hastings. Read in English by Kate Follis An example of early dystopian science fiction written shortly after World War I, "City of Endless Night" imagines a future with a very different ending to the Great War. Set in 2151 and in an underground Berlin, our protagonist is Lyman De Forrest, an American chemist who enters the city to discover the hidden truths of a forbidden metropolis. The subterranean world hosts a highly-regimented...
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LibriVox recording of Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward. Read in English by Jim Gallagher; PhyllisV; Ciufi Galeazzi; Kristine Bekere; SteveMiller; Elizabeth Miles; 5Tommy00; Blake Butler; DuckTD; Peter Musgrove; Dale Grothmann; John; Andrea Kotzer; Linda Johnson; Beau Wood; Jervis Hudson; Username146; Scotty Smith; Theophania; Lynne T; Colleen...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, robbery, murderer, death penalty, execution, highwaymen, newgate, tyburn,...
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Mar 24, 2019 Smedley Butler
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LibriVox recording of War Is a Racket by Smedley Butler. Read in English by John Greenman Army Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler's expose of American Corporate Imperialism. Butler said, “I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of the racket all the time. Now I am...
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Mar 23, 2019 G. K. Chesterton
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LibriVox recording of Fancies Versus Fads by G. K. Chesterton. Read in English by Larry Wilson; realisticspeakers; John; Linda Johnson; Campbell Schelp; Tomas Peter; Phil Chenevert; thestorygirl; Ciufi Galeazzi; MLC13; Justin S Barrett; tommack; Greg Giordano; Brian James; April6090; Kathleen Moore. A Collection of 31 essays from G.K. Chesterton. “I have strung these things together on a slight enough thread; but as the things themselves are slight, it is possible that the thread (and the...
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Mar 13, 2019 Grace Livingston Hill
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LibriVox recording of Dawn of the Morning by Grace Livingston Hill. Read by LibriVox Volunteers   Fresh from school, mistreated and neglected by her father and stepmother, sixteen-year-old Dawn consents to marry a friend of her father's whom she has only met, but the wedding does not go as planned. Scared and confused, she runs away after the ceremony. Many adventures follow lovely and resourceful Dawn on her journey to becoming an independent woman. Summary by karlkzumich   For further...
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Mar 5, 2019 Mary Cholmondeley
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LibriVox recording of Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley. Read in English by Simon Evers The book starts with Annette Georges choosing between two fates: suicide and running away with a disreputable stranger. She is rescued by a kind woman who looks after her until she can go to live with her maiden aunts in a village in the English countryside. There she meets and makes friends with various people and, almost coincidentally, the facts of her past come back to play a crucial part in the...
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Mar 2, 2019 George Gissing
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LibriVox recording of The Crown Of Life by George Gissing. Read in English by annie70; Laura Riley So what is the crown of life? Follow the journey of Piers and Irene as they attempt to discover. It is both a coming of age novel and love story at the same time, one which would bring delight to philosophers with many conversations for and against imperialism, romantics who would follow the long courtship in the center of the plot, and sociologists who would follow with interest the vivid way in...
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Feb 26, 2019 Various
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LibriVox recording of The Mentor 2 by Various. Read in English by Colleen McMahon; mparker ; Kate Follis; tovarisch; realisticspeakers; Deborah Balm; J.K.Humphreys; Finn Handyside; Siobhan McAlpin; GentleJim; Josh Kibbey; jimsvox4; Steve C; Adele Pooley The Mentor Association was established to increase interest and knowledge among the public in the areas of art, literature, science, nature, history and travel. The association published a magazine twice monthly, each dealing with a different...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, literature, history, art, war, aviation, geography
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Feb 15, 2019 May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of The Tree of Heaven by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate One of the most heart-breaking of all World War I novels, this family epic was written in the midst of the War itself, and shows the intense emotion generated in ordinary lives by that tragedy. May Sinclair astonishingly weaves multiple themes into her narrative, seamlessly drawing from the great movements of her day: suffrage, sexual liberation, artistic revolt, war, and pacifism. Her most powerful metaphor...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, World War I, women's suffrage, feminism, women's literature, may sinclair
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Feb 10, 2019 Edwin H. Porter
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LibriVox recording of The Fall River Tragedy by Edwin H. Porter. Read in English by Lynne T The story of how Lizzie Borden supposedly murdered her parents has passed into American folklore, partly thanks to the albeit inaccurate playground rhyme, "Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41." Here we have the 'true' story, as reported by the local police reporter who attended the trial and lived only streets away...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Crime, trial, court, murderer, borden, murders, axe
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Jan 29, 2019 Anthony Trollope
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LibriVox recording of Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope. Read in English by Simon Evers Linda Tressel lives a lonely life with her domineering aunt, Madame Staubach, in a large house in Nuremberg. Madame Staubach takes in the odious and much older Peter Steinmarc as a lodger and plans that Linda should marry him – entirely against Linda’s will. Meanwhile Linda falls in love with Ludovic Valcalm, a disreputable young man. The book follows Linda’s fortunes. - Summary by Simon Evers For...
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Jan 2, 2019 H. Rider Haggard
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LibriVox recording of Queen Sheba's Ring by H. Rider Haggard. Read in English by Anfinwen; VfkaBT; deongines; ToddHW; marjoriewilliams8907 A famed archeologist, an aging doctor, and a young army engineer set out across the African desert on a great adventure. Professor Higgs is in search of new archeological discoveries, Dr. Adams seeks to rescue his kidnapped son, and Captain Orme wants to forget an unhappy love affair. Maqueda, Daughter of Kings, ruler of the Abati, enlists their aid to...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, adventure, solomon, africa, sphinx
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Dec 21, 2018 Ethel C. Brill
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LibriVox recording of When Lighthouses are Dark: a Story of a Lake Superior Island by Ethel C. Brill. Read in English by Betsie Bush The story of four children stranded on a Lake Superior island. They take refuge in a deserted lighthouse hoping to survive the winter. (Summary by Betsie Bush) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free...
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Dec 18, 2018 Marion St. John Webb
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LibriVox recording of The House with the Twisting Passage (Version 2) by Marion St. John Webb. Read in English by Caro Davy When her parents go to India for two years, 9 year old Jenny is cared for by her aunts. Aunt Abby is caretaker in a large many-roomed house, where Jenny meets and hears the stories of many interesting occupants. The owner of the house is remote in both location and character. She visits only occasionally, but what was her story, and how will she react to Jenny's presence?...
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Dec 12, 2018 Basil King
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LibriVox recording of The Dust Flower by Basil King. Read in English by Simon Evers Rashleigh Allerton, a wealthy New Yorker, quarrels with his well-to-do fiancée Barbara and impetuously says that he will marry instead the first person he meets. The book follows the result of this absurd promise, with consequences that neither of them (nor Rashleigh’s faithful elderly man-servant Steptoe) expect. - Summary by Simon Evers For further information, including links to online text, reader...
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Dec 4, 2018 Wilhelm Stekel
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LibriVox recording of The Depths of the Soul by Wilhelm Stekel. (Translated by Samuel A. Tannenbaum.) Read in English by Lee Smalley; Eric Hodges ; jenno; Jill Preston; deongines; 5Tommy00; Shasta; Kenzie Tartaglione; Deanna Strauss; Larry Wilson; Lazlo; Mike Pelton Wilhelm Stekel was an Austrian physician and psychologist and one of Freud’s earliest followers. This title, originally published in 1921, was the author’s favorite of his own work. Covering a variety of topics he takes a...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, essays, human nature
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Nov 26, 2018 Mary Webb
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LibriVox recording of Precious Bane by Mary Webb. Read in English by NoelBadrian Published in 1924, Precious Bane is a novel by Mary Webb (1881 - 1927) which touches on ambition, prejudice and hatred but also on the power of love. Prue Sarn is a farm girl in rural Shropshire during the period of the Napoleonic Wars and is viewed with suspicion by the local community because of having been born with a harelip. Her ambitious and domineering brother betrays her and her superstitious neighbours...
Topics: librivox, audiobooks, historical, rural life, prejudice, harelip
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Nov 8, 2018 Basil King
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LibriVox recording of The Thread of Flame by Basil King. Read in English by Simon Evers Edward wakes up on board a ship crossing the Atlantic, on his return from the Great War – however, he finds that his memory of who he is and where he comes from is only fragmentary. The book follows his fascinating journey back to health and his growing realisation about what effect the War and its aftermath has had on him and also on the people he meets - as well as his family. (Summary by Simon Evers)...
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Oct 7, 2018 H. P. Lovecraft
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LibriVox recording of The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft. Read in English by Phil Chenevert Horror stalks the earth. There are many dimensions that coexist with our universe and, unfortunately, overlap it in very special places. The horrific beings that live in these other dimensions are ancient, terrifying and very malign. This story is about one of these overlapping spots in a decaying community in the USA where these beings can interact with our world and where humans succeed in calling...
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Oct 4, 2018 H. G. Wells
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LibriVox recording of The War That Will End War by H. G. Wells. Read in English by Peter Thomlinson .About the First World War, and the author's conclusions. Whether or not you agree with these articles/essays, H G Wells does make many valid points about the war, and it's effect on people, especially in Britain. I suppose he cannot be blamed for getting the concept and the title wrong, in hindsight, as there were barely 22 years to pass before the Second World War with Germany began. Wells...
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Oct 3, 2018 Barry Pain
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LibriVox recording of The Problem Club by Barry Pain. Read in English by Foon; Jennifer Dallman; Devorah Allen; Matt Bounds; Jim Locke; Nat Gertler; Mary Escano; Matthew Galles; Steve C; Keir The Problem Club is an infamous London Club which meets once a month to discuss a given problem. The problems have nothing to do with mathematics, but are social problems, in the broadest possible sense of the word. For instance, how does one manage to kiss ten young ladies on the cheek within the space of...
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Sep 26, 2018 Olive Schreiner
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LibriVox recording of Dreams by Olive Schreiner. Read in English by NoelBadrian Olive Schreiner was a South African writer and intellectual born in 1855 to missionary parents in the Eastern Cape. She was one of the earliest campaigners for women's rights. She was also very critical of British Imperialism in her homeland and particularly of their racist policies against the Boers, Jews, Indians and the Black races of South Africa. As a result of her public support for the Boers, all her...
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Sep 1, 2018 Clarence Stone Yoakum; Robert Mearns Yerkes
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LibriVox recording of Army Mental Tests by Clarence Stone Yoakum; Robert Mearns Yerkes. Read in English by Leon Harvey Prepared in cooperation with the staff of the surgeon general's office as a source of information and printed materials concerning psychological testing used within the United States Army and indications of the possible use of similar methods in education and industry. - Summary by Leon Harvey For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS...
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Aug 2, 2018 William Makepeace Thackeray
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LibriVox recording of The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. by William Makepeace Thackeray. Read in English by mb First published as a serial in Fraser's Magazine in 1844 as The Luck of Barry Lyndon, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq is a picaresque novel, narrated (occasionally charmingly, always unreliably) by a member of the 18th-century Irish gentry. Redmond Barry, later Barry Lyndon, describes his rise to - and inevitable fall from - the top of the English aristocracy. Romantic, military and...
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Aug 1, 2018 Gerald Breckenridge
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LibriVox recording of The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border by Gerald Breckenridge. Read in English by Christopher Thompson When Bob and Frank get in touch with their friend Jack in New Mexico via radio telephony, a desperate cry for help sends the Radio Boys on an adventure on the Mexican Border. - Summary by Chris Thompson For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for...
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Jul 30, 2018 Émile Zola
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LibriVox recording of The Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola. (Translated by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly.) Read in English by Kristin Gjerløw Zola's original French publication, Au Bonheur des Dames ("The Ladies' Delight"), published 1882, is the eleventh novel in his Rougon-Macquart series. This English translation by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly, was published in 1886. It's a glitzy, fast paced Parisian drama depicting life at the world's first department store, revealing its many innovative...
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Jul 19, 2018 Basil King
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LibriVox recording of The Empty Sack by Basil King. Read in English by Simon Evers The book follows the fortunes of Jennie Follett, a New York artist’s model, and Teddy, her brother. After their father’s dismissal from his lowly position in the bank and his subsequent death, the family struggles financially. In desperation, Teddy steals money from the bank where he also works, with disastrous consequences. Jennie meanwhile agrees to marry Bob Collingham, a member of a seriously rich banking...
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May 15, 2018 Émile Zola
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LibriVox recording of The Mysteries of Marseilles by Émile Zola. (Translated by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly.) Read in English by Celine Major The elopement of Philippe Cayol, an aspiring liberal, poor and untitled with Blanche De Cazalis, niece of a powerful millionaire and politician sets the stage in this novel full of twists and turns with villains a plenty. Philippe's brother Marius strives to protect the two lovers from the De Cazalis' uncontrolled fury. Although written in his youth Zola's...
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May 8, 2018 Wilkie Collins
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LibriVox recording of The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins. Read in English by ToddHW; Cory Sampson; Kathleen Moore; Katy Dix; Warren Kati; Michelle Tan; Layla Montipay; deongines; Karen Mallozzi; Skawuczek; acousticwave; Peter John Keeble Mercy Merrick is living a difficult life on the streets, but when she meets the young and charismatic clergyman Julian Gray, she desires to leave this life behind and start afresh. She packs her things and volunteers as a nurse in the Franco-Prussian war of...
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Apr 27, 2018 Freeman Wills Crofts
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LibriVox recording of The Pit Prop Syndicate by Freeman Wills Crofts. Read in English by KHand Seymour Merriman stops at the side of the road 26 miles outside Bordeaux, an action that will change his life forever. The events that follow lead him into mystery, smuggling, murder and love. Two amateur detectives try to unravel the mystery of changing number plates, and everything else that surrounds the pit prop syndicate, before the case is handed over to Inspector Willis of Scotland Yard....
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Apr 27, 2018 Ivan Turgenev
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LibriVox recording of A House of Gentlefolk by Ivan Turgenev. (Translated by Constance Garnett.) Read in English by tovarisch The novel titled in Russian "Дворянское Гнездо" (Dvoryanskoye Gnezdo, sometimes translated as Home of the Gentry, A Nest of the Gentlefolk, A Nest of the Gentry) is considered a sequel to "Rudin". It is the story of the protagonist Fyodor Ivanych Lavretsky, a son of a nobleman and a serf, brought up at his family's country estate home...
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Apr 25, 2018 Katherine Cecil Thurston
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LibriVox recording of Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston. Read in English by Simon Evers On a trans-continental train journey into Paris, Max, a young adventurer determined to make his way as an artist, meets Blake, a well-to-do Irishman. Blake helps Max set up a studio in Montmartre and they enjoy the life of Paris and each other's company. However, things are definitely not what they seem and the book takes a very contemporary turn as another person appears on the scene. - Summary by Simon Evers...
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Apr 3, 2018 Émile Zola
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LibriVox recording of Germinal by Émile Zola. (Translated by Havelock Ellis.) Read in English by VfkaBT This epic about French coal miners and the burgeoning labor movement is considered one of Zola's finest novels. - Summary by Matt Pierard For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit...
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Mar 29, 2018 Maria Edgeworth
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LibriVox recording of The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth. Read in English by Bruce Pirie Published in 1812, “The Absentee” by Maria Edgeworth examines social injustice in 19th-century Britain. At that time, the management of many Irish estates suffered from the absenteeism of their Anglo-Irish landlords. We meet Lord and Lady Clonbrony. Lord Clonbrony struggles with debt, while Lady Clonbrony tries to shed her Irish connections and earn status in London’s high society (known as “the...
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Feb 28, 2018 William John Locke
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LibriVox recording of Septimus by William John Locke. Read in English by Simon Evers The book concerns the tangled lives of four people: Zora, a young widow who seeks some purpose in her life; Septimus Dix, an other-wordly but kind-hearted inventor of hopeless things; Clem Sypher, a larger than life businessman who is convinced his quack remedy will save the world; and Emmy, Zora’s younger sister, a rather flighty actress. (Summary by Simon Evers) For further information, including links to...
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Feb 20, 2018 J. S. Fletcher
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LibriVox recording of In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. Fletcher. Read in English by Nicholas Clifford “Rotten borough” is a term that goes back to the 18th century, and it used to mean a parliamentary constituency in which a few property owners, or sometimes a single one, could choose the local member of parliament. The three Reform Acts of 1832, 1857 and 1884 brought that system to an end and by the time this book begins, a rotten borough has taken on its more modern meaning of a...
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Feb 18, 2018 Marie Corelli
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LibriVox recording of The Young Diana by Marie Corelli. Read in English by Newgatenovelist Poor Diana May. Her fiancé has jilted her, her parents think she is an encumbrance and no one recognises her intelligence. She seems destined to remain unloved, unappreciated and unpaid - until she decides to take control of her life. It all begins with an advertisement for an assistant to an eccentric scientist with a hidden laboratory in Switzerland... - Summary by Newgatenovelist For further...
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Feb 15, 2018 Marie Corelli
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LibriVox recording of The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli. Read in English by Lisa Statler Marie Corelli's book The Life Everlasting examines the world of past lives, mysticism, secret societies and twin souls against a backdrop of a true love based on the highest ideals. The plot follows our heroine from a yachting trip around Scotland with eccentric characters such as an atheist millionaire and his hypochondriac daughter, to the entering of a secret society of ancient...
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Feb 7, 2018 Richard Middleton
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LibriVox recording of The Day before Yesterday by Richard Middleton. Read in English by DrPGould; Simona Rusu; Angadeon; Fafhrd; Julia Mikheeva; BettyB; Steve C; MelAdrienne; Peter Yearsley; Wolfgang Bas; Roman Noble; Vickie Underwood; Cleon Cumberbatch; April6090; Annyiee Hill This is a volume of short stories and essays by Richard Middleton. The British poet and author wrote a large number of short pieces during his life, which are today still as entertaining as they were then. Published...
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Jan 23, 2018 Émile Zola
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LibriVox recording of The Markets of Paris by Émile Zola. Read in English by Celine Major The Markets of Paris is a remarkable work, and is the one which Zola calls his very best novel, and of which he is far more proud than of any others in his Rougon-Marquart series – prouder than of L’Assommoir. It must have been in his early manhood, when poor and friendless, he lived among the people, that much of the information which makes these pages so startlingly vivid, was acquired. How many...
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Dec 4, 2017 Barry Pain
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LibriVox recording of Stories in Grey by Barry Pain. Read in English by Ian Stewart; Heath Ogden; ToddHW; dg73; Mike Pelton; brianna; Devorah Allen; Julia Mikheeva; Ken Davies; Brandy Morgan; Susannah Mason; Barney Hallawell This is a collection of short stories by Barry Pain. Pain was well-known in his time for his supernatural and horror stories. This collection contains 15 interesting examples of his work. - Summary by Carolin For further information, including links to online text, reader...
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Nov 26, 2017 Gladys Edson Locke
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LibriVox recording of That Affair at Portstead Manor by Gladys Edson Locke. Read in English by J. M. Smallheer An English country home during a house party becomes the scene of a double mystery. One of the three detectives employed on the case is a woman whose common sense, calm, and plain logic are skillfully employed in straightening the tangle. A double love story as well as a double crime seems not too much for the writer to handle. - Excerpted from the NY Times Book Review, Aug 16, 1914....
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Nov 10, 2017 George William Curtis
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LibriVox recording of From the Easy Chair Vol 2 by George William Curtis. Read in English by Lynne T; DrPGould; Mike Pelton; John; BettyB; Larry Wilson; brianna The second volume of essays and observations From the Easy Chair of William Curtis, editor of Harper's Weekly and one of the founders of the American Republican party, and served Ulysses S. Grant; although he split from the party in the 1880s over the choice of presidential candidate. He was an original member of the New York Board of...
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Nov 5, 2017 Mary Cholmondeley
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LibriVox recording of Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley. Read in English by Simon Evers Colonel Tempest , his wastrel son Archie and beautiful daughter Diana (Di) are dismayed when they are cut out of the will of old Mr Tempest, Colonel Tempest’s brother. All of the Tempest fortune and estates at Overleigh pass to son John. However, everyone except John knows that he is illegitimate. Colonel Tempest, enraged, agrees in a drunken stupor to a bounty of £10,000 on John’s head although he...
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Nov 4, 2017 Elinor Glyn
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LibriVox recording of Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn. Read in English by MaryAnn; Gail Timmerman Vaughan; acousticwave; Sheila; Ed Fenton; Kathleen Moore; Amy Deuchler Three weeks was Elinor Glyn's most popular and most scandalous book, published in 1907, and made into an even more scandalous movie in 1914. The book follows Paul Verdayne, who thinks himself passionately in love with the parson's daughter. His aristocratic parents, wishing to protect their son from a disadvantageous marriage, send...
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Oct 19, 2017 J. S. Fletcher
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LibriVox recording of Ravensdene Court by J. S. Fletcher. Read in English by Nicholas Clifford A lonely house oh the Northumbrian coast, the owner recently retired from a lifetime in India, living with his granddaughter, Enter a young London lawyer to catalog the huge old book collection. Murders to follow. . . . (more information later) - Summary by Nicholas Clifford For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if...
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Oct 9, 2017 Joris-Karl Huysmans
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LibriVox recording of Là-bas by Joris-Karl Huysmans. (Translated by Keene Wallace aka Wallis) Read in English by Peter Tucker The plot of Là-Bas concerns the novelist Durtal, who is disgusted by the emptiness and vulgarity of the modern world. He seeks relief by turning to the study of the Middle Ages and begins to research the life of the notorious 15th-century child-murderer Gilles de Rais. Through his contacts in Paris (notably Dr. Johannes, modeled after Joseph-Antoine Boullan), Durtal...
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Oct 7, 2017 Laurence M. Janifer; Randall Garrett
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LibriVox recording of Pagan Passions by Laurence M. Janifer; Randall Garrett. Read in English by Phil Chenevert 'Adult' Science Fiction? Well, why not? Science Fiction deals imaginatively with odd and unsettling subjects, why not sex? In this novel, the The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome had returned to Earth—with all their awesome powers intact, and Earth was transformed almost overnight. War on any scale was outlawed, along with boom-and-bust economic cycles, and ...er......
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Sep 28, 2017 Clara Louise Burnham
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LibriVox recording of The Key Note by Clara Louise Burnham. Read in English by Christi Lupher Love blooms amid the gorgeous scenery of an island off the coast of Maine as a group of vacationers discover an abused boy and set out to rescue him. This 1921 novel is another lovely creation by author Clara Louise Burnham. - Summary by Christi Lupher For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the...
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Sep 27, 2017 William Henry Smyth
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LibriVox recording of Technocracy by William Henry Smyth Read in English by progressingamerica The word technocracy refers to a system of government by technical experts such as scientists, technologists, and engineers. William Henry Smyth is often thought to have invented the term in 1919, although it had in fact been used earlier. (Summary following Wikipedia) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available),...
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Sep 21, 2017 Peter Kropotkin
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LibriVox recording of The Conquest of Bread (version 2) by Peter Kropotkin. Read in English by AudibleAnarchist In this work, Kropotkin points out what he considers to be the defects of the economic systems of feudalism and capitalism, and how he believes they thrive on and maintain poverty and scarcity, as symbol for richness and in spite of being in a time of abundance thanks to technology, while promoting privilege. He goes on to propose a more decentralised economic system based on mutual...
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Sep 12, 2017 Florence Morse Kingsley
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LibriVox recording of The Heart of Philura by Florence Morse Kingsley. Read in English by annie70 Once again Mrs Kingsley does not shy away from the highs and lows of life in the quickly changing world of the 1900s…the ageing women working to support themselves or their families, in jobs that will soon disappear...the washerwoman, butter-woman and the little dressmaker….the contrast between the socialite of Boston and the drudge in the kitchen….the old farmers and the independent,...
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Sep 9, 2017 George Gissing
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LibriVox recording of The Emancipated by George Gissing. Read in English by Lynne T; KHand; Celine Major; Kalynda In Italy, everything is possible. Or, at least, much more than in the oppressive social order of the Victorian era. A group of British expatriats go to tour the country and do things they might live to either bless or regret. This book details their adventures and search of identity. The central question remains clear: can one be completely free? And, if so, is the price too high? (...
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Sep 1, 2017 Wilkie Collins
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LibriVox recording of My Lady's Money by Wilkie Collins. Read in English by ToddHW; acousticwave; Aly M; deongines; susanjhudson; Emma Charlotte; Warren Kati; Kathleen Moore; Michelle Tan; Mayah Lady Lydiard has an uncomfortable bit of business to settle, and intends to do so with a five hundred pound note. But just as she is about to complete the letter with which she is to send the note off, an emergency occurs in the house, and for a little while everyone is preoccupied - be it with the sick...
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Aug 30, 2017 Eugène Sue
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LibriVox recording of The Mysteries of Paris - Volume 3 by Eugène Sue. Read in English by Celine Major. Rodolphe, who is really the Grand Duke of Gerolstein (a fictional kingdom of Germany) but is disguised as a Parisian worker. He can speak in argot, is extremely strong and a good fighter. However he shows great compassion for the lower classes, good judgment, and has a brilliant mind. He is at ease in all layers of society and so is able to understand their problems, and how the different...
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Aug 25, 2017 Eugène Sue
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LibriVox recording of The Mysteries of Paris - Volume 2 by Eugène Sue. Read in English by Celine Major. Rodolphe, who is really the Grand Duke of Gerolstein (a fictional kingdom of Germany) but is disguised as a Parisian worker. He can speak in argot, is extremely strong and a good fighter. However he shows great compassion for the lower classes, good judgment, and has a brilliant mind. He is at ease in all layers of society and so is able to understand their problems, and how the different...
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Aug 22, 2017 Edith Lavell
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LibriVox recording of The Mystery at Dark Cedars by Edith Lavell. Read in English by Cari Shorrock Mary Louise and her friend Jane take on a mystery of dark secrets at Cedar Hall that threatens a young girl's sanity and trust. The first in a series featuring these charming young detectives. (Summary by CariJS) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this...
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Aug 18, 2017 Arnold Bennett
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LibriVox recording of Leonora by Arnold Bennett. Read in English by Simon Evers Leonora Stanway is 40 and lives a comfortable middle-class life with her unsympathetic and dull husband, John. Her three daughters are rapidly growing up and away and she regrets that her life has become dull, domesticated and meaningless. Arthur Twemlow, the son of John’s former business partner, blows into Leonora’s life and that of her family. Meanwhile, old Uncle Meshach has re-written his will . . . . -...
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Jul 28, 2017 George Payne Rainsford James
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LibriVox recording of The Convict by George Payne Rainsford James. Read in English by Lynne T As young Lord Hadley and his companion Edward Dudley travel along a dark, coastal road, they encounter a young girl pinioned by a fallen wall. They rescue her and alert her father, stationed on the cliff-top, apparently watching for something or someone, before continuing their journey to the home of Sir Arthur Adelon. What was the girl doing out alone at night? What was her father's business on the...
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Jul 28, 2017 E. M. Delafield
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LibriVox recording of The Heel of Achilles by E. M. Delafield. Read in English by CJ Plog After a difficult childhood, Lydia Raymond, a lower middle class girl, decides to explore her own individuality and climbs the social ladder. Yet, like everything in life, this has a price. This book tells about her childhood, her quest to find herself, and her relationship with her daughter, Jane. This is a fairytale turned upside down. - Summary by Stav Nisser. For further information, including links to...
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Jul 17, 2017 Edgar Wallace
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LibriVox recording of The Crimson Circle by Edgar Wallace. Read in English by Anna Simon. The Crimson Circle gang spreads fear by extortion and murder. Its members range from rich, powerful bankers to petty criminals, and none of them know each other. A beautiful young woman named Thalia Drummond appears to be involved in the gang too. But who is the leader of the gang, known only as The Crimson Circle? Chief Inspector Parr is on the case, as well as private detective Derrick Yale. - Summary by...
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Jul 1, 2017 Henry Seton Merriman
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LibriVox recording of The Grey Lady by Henry Seton Merriman. Read in English by Sandra Cullum A tale of romance, greed, blackmail, secrets, Spain and ships. Loss and intrigue too as we follow twin brothers along their life paths. Summary by Sandra For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader,...
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